Panic in Y’de as UK judge to reveal names in Glenore gate

Barrister Akere Tabeng Muna, a member of the African Union High-Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa, chaired by H.E. Thabo Mbeki, and Co-Chair of the Common African Position on Asset Recovery (CAPAR), revealed that UK Judges may soon reveal names of those implicated in collecting bribes from Swiss company, Glencore to offer contracts in Cameroon. The potential corruption case involved officials from Cameroon oil refinery and petroleum depot (SONARA and SNH) and a Swiss multinational company (Glencore). 'This month, the UK Attorney General will decide whether to prosecute individuals in a major corruption scandal involving high-ranking officials from SONARA and SNH and Glencore. The names of those involved will soon be revealed.' Barrister Muna said on his official Facebook page. Decision on Prosecution: The UK Attorney General will decide this month whether to pursue legal action against individuals involved in a major corruption scandal. Parties Involved: The allegations involve high-ranki ng officials from Cameroon's national oil refinery company (SONARA) and national oil and gas company (SNH), along with Glencore, a Swiss commodity trading firm. Disclosure of Names: The names of the individuals implicated in the scandal are expected to be revealed soon. Depending on the outcome, this case could have significant repercussions for the individuals involved, the companies, and Cameroon's oil and gas sector, including top government officials, CNA learned. Source: Cameroon News Agency

Democratic dispensation necessitated a complete overhaul of state bureaucracy

Public Service Commission (PSC) Commissioner Anele Gxoyiya says the transition from apartheid to a democratic dispensation necessitated a complete overhaul of the state bureaucracy. 'Though tailored to the South African context, South Africa's public administration reforms - notwithstanding their debatable strengths and weaknesses - followed international trends, from Traditional Public Administration (TPA) through to variants of New Public Management (NPM),' Gxoyiya said. Speaking in Pretoria earlier today, Gxoyiya said governments worldwide continuously reform to promote efficient public administration that is responsive to people's needs and the countries' social, economic and technical challenges. 'Similarly, there is recognition that reforms vary from country to country, and in the case of South Africa, the transition from apartheid to a democratic dispensation necessitated a complete overhaul of the state bureaucracy,' Gxoyiya said. He said the need for reflection on the historical and current facto rs that have shaped public service administration as it is known today became unavoidable at the tail end of 30 years of democratic governance in South Africa. 'The PSC has consistently argued that the realisation of the fundamental rights in the Constitution and the peremptory adherence to the Constitutional Values and Principles (CVPs) are central to public administration reform. 'Simply put, one way of evaluating the public administration reforms in South Africa is to examine the public services provided and citizen's perception of their efficacy,' he said. Source: South African Government News Agency

KZN looks to the future

_:With the seventh administration having been sworn in, and the Government of National Unity (GNU) established, the country's provinces are putting their shovels to the ground to ensure service delivery. Just as at a national level, the country's nine provinces also recently announced their new Cabinets, following the landscape changing elections of 29 May which resulted in no outright majority for political parties. The elections led to the formation of the GNU which comprises a national executive that is made up of 32 ministers that are supported by 43 deputy ministers from nine political parties out of the 11 that form the GNU. SAnews recently spoke to the new KwaZulu-Natal Transport and Human Settlements MEC, Siboniso Duma, as the province begins a journey of power-sharing among political parties through the Provincial Government of Unity (GPU). The GPU is modelled on the GNU. The new Cabinet for the province was announced by Premier Thami Ntuli last month and the new government which is made up of va rious parties is looking forward to adopting an integrated approach to accelerate service delivery. Duma is one of the three African National Congress KZN members of the provincial legislature. This comes after the recent swearing in of the new Members of the Provincial Legislature (MPL) comprising the ANC, Democratic Alliance (DA), Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), and the National Freedom Party (NFP), who have all joined hands towards achieving a Government of Provincial Unity. Accelerating service delivery The GPU aims to improve the lives of the people in the province. Duma who served as the MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs in the sixth administration, said the journey to prosperity for the province has begun under the GPU, adding that the new provincial government will work for the vulnerable members of society. 'As KwaZulu-Natal through the Government of Provincial Unity, which is modelled along the GNU, we have adopted an integrated approach to accelerate service deliver y. We are inspiring hope for a better future as all spheres of government are working towards achieving common objectives across all political lines,' Duma told SAnews. Like most things in life, change is inevitable as evidenced also by the merger of the Departments of Transport and Human Settlements to which Duma said the province is cooperating to ensure the allocation of resources and the removal of bottlenecks for the benefit of local communities. 'Nothing should stand between voters and service delivery,' he emphasised. The MEC is energetic about his new portfolio and the wellbeing of the province, which has in recent times experienced devastating floods. 'As an elected public representative, leading all categories of staff in both departments, we are determined to accelerate the rollout of construction projects throughout the province. 'We are focusing on re-engineering and transforming our economy for the benefit of the people of this province, especially in the rural areas and the townships. On t he other hand, we are also inspiring hope for a better future.' Last week, the MEC held a meeting with all categories of staff in both the departments (Housing and Human Settlements) in uThukela, Umzinyathi and Amajuba Regions. At the meeting, he reminded staff that they are the engine of service delivery while also appreciating their contribution to the rollout of socio-economic infrastructure. 'Collectively, we must be exemplary in our conduct. The word 'freedom' will have a meaning if we respond with a sense of urgency to the needs of the people," Duma said. Duma, who also had his first interaction with the management committees of both departments recently, emphasised that all categories of staff must work together to strengthen the Government of Provincial Unity. The new Cabinet of KwaZulu-Natal stands as follows: -Premier: Thami Ntuli (IFP) -Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC: Musa Zondi (IFP). - Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC: Thulasizwe Buthelezi (I FP). - Health MEC: Nomagugu Simelane (ANC). - Social Development MEC: Mbali Shinga (NFP). - Public Works MEC: Marthinus Meyer (DA). - Finance MEC: Francois Rodgers (DA). - Agriculture and Rural Development MEC: Thembeni Madlopha-Mthethwa (IFP). - Transport and Human Settlement MEC: Siboniso Duma (ANC) - Education MEC: Sipho Hlomuka (ANC). - Sports Arts and Culture MEC: Mntomuhle Khawula (IFP). Hitting the ground running Asked about the future of the province, Duma said: 'The look and feel of the province over the next 30 years, will be determined by what the provincial government does every hour of the day, every week of the month and every month of the year.' The new provincial Cabinet has already hit the ground running with Premier Ntuli reaffirming the provincial government's commitment to rebuilding the areas affected by the recent devastating storms and to implementing measures to mitigate the impact of future occurrences. The Premier also reiterated his commitment to a team-oriented approach to governance, and to collaborate with everyone willing to work alongside him. Meanwhile, MEC Rodgers started to demonstrate his commitment to ensure effective spending of the provincial budget by closing down the office on the 9th floor of The Marine Building in Durban. Rodgers said the closure of the leased offices will save the KZN Treasury an estimated R1 million a year, which will be directed to other strategic service delivery needs of the department in supporting the province. With all the nine provincial Cabinets in place, what is clear is that there's a willingness from all sides to hop on the bus that leads to service delivery for all. Source: South African Government News Agency

PSC applauds officials who refuse to accept a bribes

The Public Service Commission (PSC) has applauded officials who refuse to accept bribes at the country's ports of entry to South Africa. 'The integrity of officers at South Africa's ports of entry plays a significant role in combating and preventing bribery and corruption in rendering customs, transport, and immigration services to the public,' said PSC Commissioner Anele Gxoyiya. Addressing the media in Pretoria earlier today, Gxoyiya said this was demonstrated by officials from the South African Revenue Services (SARS) and the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) who refused to take bribes of R200 000 and R50 000 respectively, to allow a truck carrying 614 boxes of semi-manufactured tobacco worth over R6 million to enter the country. He said the display of integrity by officials promotes a culture of accountability, transparency, and ethical conduct. 'The PSC once more applauds the exemplary ethical behaviour displayed by the officials from SARS and the RTMC for refusing to take a bribe at the Bei tbridge port of entry,' said the Commissioner. 'Bribery at the ports of entry manifest in various ways, including, but not limited to, facilitation payment, document falsification, preferential treatment and smuggling,' Gxoyiya said, adding that corrupt officials may cooperate with criminal networks to smuggle illicit goods and even enable human trafficking in exchange of bribes. 'In addition, the PSC would like to congratulate the Minister of Tourism Patricia de Lille and officials in her department who were instrumental in the recovery of the R35 million in irregular payments made through SA Tourism's US and South Africa Offices, for services not rendered,' Gxoyiya said. He said the recovery of the funds demonstrated their commitment in fighting corruption and ensuring that funds allocated to the department are used appropriately in line with the Public Finance Management Act. 'The PSC would like to encourage all public servants across the country to uphold the constitutional values and principles which calls for professional ethics and accountability. These actions will contribute towards building a professional, ethical, and capable public service,' he said. Source: South African Government News Agency

Justice ministry grilled for unaccounted funds for ombudsman’s building

WINDHOEK: The Ministry of Justice was on Monday scrutinised by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs over millions of dollars, originally allocated for purchasing the ombudsman's building in Windhoek, that have not been unaccounted for. The committee, chaired by Swapo Member of Parliament Tjekero Tweya, visited Ombudsman Basilius Dyakugha on Monday, a meeting also attended by Phulgentius Kahambundu from the Justice Ministry's capital projects division. The committee is conducting a week-long visit and public hearings of capital projects. Tweya questioned how the money was allocated and approved by Parliament for the purchasing of such a building between 2019 and 2020 and yet to date, a building was not purchased. He says Parliament was informed that such a building was purchased. 'We want to see that particular property that has been bought. It is not complicated. If the money was spent but the purchase of that building is not there, somebody will have to account. That is part of accountability. The community expects that infrastructure. At the end of the financial year no one tells them and they will just forget about it. We from legislation must now respond to the community,' Tweya said. Kahambundu said sale negotiations were halted after the building owner made a final offer of N.dollars 18 million, while the government's valuation was N.dollars 11 million. Private valuations stood at N.dollars 25 million. 'We then wrote to the National Planning Commission to reassign the money to other national projects,' he said. 'Usually if you have not used that money, it is returned to treasury. Our records are currently that the money was budgeted for and that the property was purchased. The record should therefore have been corrected during the next financial report, but I don't remember this being done,' Tweya remarked. Swapo parliamentarian, Phillipus Katamelo also grilled the justice ministry over the non-renewal of the rental contract since January 2024 to date. Over N.dolla rs 3 million is spent annually in rental fees for the current building that houses the ombudsman's office. 'How are you as a ministry operating without a contract yet you are spending public funds monthly in rental fees?' Katamelo questioned, adding that the ministry is currently spending more on rental fees then it would have for the purchase price. Source: The Namibia Press Agency

Commission issues Guide on Governance Practice for new Cabinet members

The new Cabinet and establishment of the Government of National Unity (GNU) is an important milestone in the existence of the 7th Administration, and public servants and other organs of the state must support the transition and ensure continuity of quality service delivery. This is according to Public Service Commission (PSC) Commissioner Anele Gxoyiya who briefed the media in Pretoria on Monday. He said public servants are expected to serve and support the newly elected leadership and government of the day in a dedicated, competent and professional manner in executing priority policies. 'The PSC was established to oversee the public service, amongst others, for an efficient and effective performance of public administration,' Gxoyiya said, adding that the GNU marks a significant moment in the nation's journey towards an accountable and transparent governance. 'A more serious warning should go to the entire public service to rethink how it engages with the citizens, but most importantly to ensure that it is guided by the values and principles governing public administration,' he said. Gxoyiya said such a public service will reinforce citizen's trust in the constitutional democracy. 'It is further a call to citizens to be vigilant and hold government accountable for service delivery,' he said. Gxoyiya said as part of fulfilling its oversight mandate in this period of transition, the commission has released the Guide on Governance Practice for Executive Authorities and Heads of Department (2024) and a Circular to advise Executive Authorities, Heads of Department and employees regarding the prevention and management of unlawful instructions. 'The Guide on Governance Practice for Executive Authorities and Heads of Department provides a simplified reference source for Executive Authorities and Heads of Department on processes and procedures that are essential to promote good governance and performance in the public service. 'It covers work emanating from the PSC's mandate and provides reference to other criti cal sources of information from other departments. 'This PSC Guide is intended to supplement Guides and Manuals issued by The Presidency, the Department of Public Service and Administration, the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and the National Treasury as part of readiness,' he said. Gxoyiya said the commission encouraged Executive Authorities and Heads of Department to familiarise themselves with the contents of the guide. The Guide is accessible at www.psc.gov.za under Documents, Reports, 2024. Source: South African Government News Agency

MAWLF vaccinates over 120 000 cattle for FMD

OSHAKATI: Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform Executive Director, Ndiyakupi Nghituwamata, has said a total of 121 079 cattle have been vaccinated against Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) during the current financial year. Nghituwamata during an engagement with various management heads within the ministry from all 14 regions at Oshakati on Monday, said of this number, 108 422 cattle were vaccinated in infected zones and 12 657 were vaccinated in protection areas. Additionally, a total of 26 970 cattle were tagged with official ear tags by veterinary officials. 'Animal disease surveillance is a major activity of the Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS),' she said. She further added that routine active and passive surveillance activities include farm inspections, community visits, ante- and post-mortem inspections at abattoirs, supervision and livestock inspections at livestock auctions, export inspection and certification, and inspection of imported animals and animal products. Meanwhile, Nghitu wamata indicated that a total of 25 089 dogs and cats were vaccinated against rabies in the Northern Communal Areas (NCA) in the current financial year. The engagement with the ministry's various management heads ends on Friday. Source: The Namibia Press Agency